FAQs

Dr. Michael Purcell, DO

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Board-Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine

Family Doctor in Schenectady, NY | Pediatrician in Schenectady, NY
Family Doctor in Schenectady, NY | Pediatrician in Schenectady, NY

Why should you join Purcell Integrative Osteopathic Care?

Imagine a world where you can access your physician 24/7, throughout the year without any interruptions. You don’t have to fight with insurance companies to receive the healthcare that you require. Direct primary care makes this a reality! At Purcell Integrative Osteopathic Care, Dr. Purcell will provide you with holistic care and health freedom. You can rely on Dr. Purcell to guide you through all your health decisions.

With direct primary care, you can expect:

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Choose Purcell Integrative Osteopathic Care for your healthcare needs and experience the benefits of direct primary care.
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Can I meet Dr. Purcell Before Joining?

Absolutely!  Just send us an email and our lovely office manager, Bridget, will set you up with a discovery meeting with Dr. Purcell. Whether you prefer to meet in person or virtually, we’ve got you covered!

What are the costs?

Membership fees start at $85 per person and decrease for larger families.

Does PIOC take insurance?

No, membership fees cannot be submitted to insurance.  Insurance can be used for lab work and prescriptions ordered by Dr. Purcell.

What payment forms do you accept?

PayPal, CashApp, Venmo and Credit Card

Do I still need health insurance?

You should save insurance for unexpected and costly medical occurrences, such as accidents or the need for surgery or other specialty care. However, you do not need insurance for Direct Primary Care with PIOC. The philosophy behind DPC is that you should not require insurance to visit your primary physician. Dr. Purcell advises that you should still have something in place in case of emergency. The best option is to participate in a Health Share program. If that’s not possible, then it’s recommended that you have a catastrophic coverage insurance plan in place. 

Dr. Purcell recommends Health Share programs over insurance. Care outside of our DPC can be negotiated directly at the self-pay cost, which is usually significantly less than the cost charged to those with insurance plans. This provides protection for you and your family in case of an unfortunate medical event that cannot be managed within our practice. 

What are Health Share plans, you ask?